This is Allen Welch, known as "Buddy" to his family and friends, but was also known as “Grape Juice” to Albuquerque police officers that worked with him when he was a traffic officer.
Welch passed away of an apparent heart attack January 27, 2009, according to his brother in law, Kenny Santillanes, also a retired APD officer. Welch was 65.
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I first met Welch in 1970. He was riding motors at the time. I took this picture at a fatal motorcycle accident he was investigating. He was a short man and reminded some of the character the Robert Blake played in the movie of a few years later, “Electra-Glide in Blue.”
Welch was friendly and a good cop. I also covered him when he made traffic stop that aptly illustrated a problem of the time; tension between police and local Hispanic political activists known by the black berets they wore.
He will be missed.